Notice: If you have a college owned laptop, please contact the helpDesk (6537 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule your encryption installation.
Every College-owned laptop and portable storage device should be encrypted. Encryption will offer an added level of security in case of theft or loss of equipment. Data protection is essential and required for all Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act(FERPA). FERPA is the federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. It is our goal to encrypt every College-owned laptop during this FY. We are now using BitLocker as our encryption tool for laptops and flash drives that do not have built-in encryption. It is advised that you keep private records on our SECURE network servers. Your H:\ drive is an example of a safe place to store this data if your job requires such storage. Please refer to policy:
08:13:01 MICROCOMPUTER USAGE (http://www.pstcc.edu/ppm/pdf/08-13-01.pdf)
"All personally identifiable information (PII) must be appropriately protected by employees. Such data must not be stored on personal computer files unless the system is secured from unauthorized access and all information is encrypted; such data should be stored on College network file share drives."
To avoid risk of accidental loss of sensitive college information from portable media, all such devices should be encrypted. Two options are available for this encryption.
- Purchase an encrypted flash drive.
- Download Bitlocker's free software to encrypt your flashdrive (Bitlocker To-Go)